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Writer excited over aviator film

Hilary Swank in the film Amelia (l) and Amelia Earhart
The film of Amelia Earhart's life stars double Oscar-winner Hilary Swank

An author behind a new film of the life of Amelia Earhart - the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic - has said she cannot wait to see the movie.

The rights to Mary S Lovell's biography were bought soon after it was published in 1989, but were only recently made into Hollywood film Amelia.

It stars double Oscar-winner Hilary Swank, Ewan McGregor and Richard Gere.

Ms Lovell, of Brockenhurst, Hampshire, said: "I'm beside myself waiting to see the movie".

The biography, The Sound of Wings, is based on original letters, documents and log books of American pioneer Earhart, plus press reports and recently declassified US Navy records.

The next thing I know they were calling me to say they had Ewan McGregor, Hilary Swank and Richard Gere on board
Mary S Lovell

Ms Lovell said when her book was published, the rights to it were "immediately" bought by Hollywood stars Warren Beatty and Annette Benning.

She said: "They then held on to it for 10 years but couldn't get it off the ground.

"Then about four years ago two New York accountants wanted to pick up the option."

She said she had a "power breakfast" with them but "they were so nice I never thought they would make the film, I thought Hollywood would eat them up".

"But the next thing I know they were calling me to say they had Ewan McGregor, Hilary Swank and Richard Gere on board."

Mary S Lovell
Mary S Lovell's biography is the basis of the film Amelia

The film, directed by Mira Nair, looks at all that Earhart achieved - including her record-breaking flight in 1928, in which she became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic with a crew.

At the end of the trip, she was due to land her plane on Southampton Water to the world's waiting press.

But she ran out of fuel and made an unexpected stop in Burry Port, Carmarthenshire, after a 21-hour flight from Newfoundland.

The previous year, three other women had died trying to achieve the same feat.

Four years later, Earhart flew across the Atlantic solo - the first woman and second person to do so.

In 1937, while trying to make a flight around the world, Earhart disappeared over the Pacific Ocean. Her body and plane has never been found.

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